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The Casual Nerd’s Guide to Book Awards

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

First place award rosette over dark background with copy space By Brian Vander Veen The Hugo Awards, arguably the most prestigious awards in science fiction and fantasy, are awarded every year at the World Science Fiction Convention, which this year is being hosted in our very own Spokane. And, as our luck would have it, this year the award nominations have also turned out to […]

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Celebrate Japan Day at the Library

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Japan_Week_graphic By Kathryn Illback The third week of April is a special time in Spokane—it’s Japan Week! Every spring since 1992, people from all over the Inland Northwest have gathered to celebrate Japanese culture and traditions with everything from food and films to drums and dancing. Japan Day at North Spokane This year, the North Spokane […]

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20-Minute Mental Vacations to Promote Self-Care

Posted on April 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

20-Minute Mental Vacations to Promote Self-Care by Kelsey Hudson| Spokane County Library District By Kelsey Hudson With spring break just wrapping up and summer still a few months away, taking a vacation may seem like an impossible fantasy. Work, family, and chores don’t take a break, and they have a tendency to build up until you hit a wall; self-care gets pushed aside and suddenly you’re completely overwhelmed and […]

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It’s a Whole New Zinio

Posted on April 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

It's a Whole New Zino by Sheri Boggs| Spokane County Library District By Sheri Boggs I love magazines—a little too much. Piles of them litter my living room, home office, and even the dining room table. The problem is I never get around to reading all of them. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but I’ve gone from reading every page of my favorites to not […]

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My Top 5 Kitchen Tools

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_KitchenTools By Kim Harshberger We have a deal in my house, I cook and my husband cleans. It works well for us. But we have some standards. I am all about efficiency and I hate clutter. He likes new gadgets and wants cleanup to go quickly. So the items that get used the most in my […]

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Documentaries You May Have Missed

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

reportage By Brian Vander Veen Judging from the number of people I see here at the library jostling to browse our DVD collection, I don’t doubt that movies are one of the more popular items we lend. I have also noticed, though, that the non-fiction end of our DVDs doesn’t seem to get as much love. […]

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Food Insecurity: Q&A with Jennifer Schlenske of Spokane Valley Partners

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_FoodInsecurity By Sonia Gustafson We often think of donating food and helping the less fortunate around the holidays, but as we approach the time for Food for Fines, we wanted to highlight a local agency that does good work in our community all year long. Spokane Valley Partners is a non-profit organization serving economically-disadvantaged residents who […]

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On My Coffee Table

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

vintage books with coffee cup, grungy background, free copy spac By Kelsey Hudson I’ll let you in on a little-known librarian secret—we don’t get to read quite as much as we’d like and we definitely haven’t read or watched everything in the library. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many amazing things to enjoy in our libraries, but more often than not, my “to […]

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Travel Abroad, No Passport Required

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

a travel suitcase full of books on a white background By Rachel Edmondson I love to travel. Being in a foreign country awakens me. I am challenged to examine my assumptions, pushed out of my comfort zone, and able to truly live in the moment, which is so hard to do when faced with the demands of everyday life. Don’t get me wrong, there is […]

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Real Food in Spokane

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

Nutrition facts - lettuce By Kim Harshberger One day I was on a Hulu bender and the same commercial kept popping up. The TV spot was aimed at bringing awareness to food deserts. Well, color me unaware because I had not ever heard of a food desert before. A quick trip to the CDC website helped shed a little […]

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